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good morning. back to the drawing board. president obama and top lawmakers will try again today after a tense meeting at the white house sunday night failed to produce a debt deal. can one be reached before time runs out? life on the outside. casey anthony prepares for her prison release after rejecting a jailhouse visit with her mother. will she have anything to do with her parents when she's free? one of her attorneys speaks out in an exclusive live interview. drama queens. the u.s. women's team kicks off an incredible comeback with the help of this last-second header
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at the finals. one of the most spectacular finishes in soccer history today. finishes in soccer history today. monday, july 11th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to "today" on this monday morning. i'm ann curry. >> good morning. i'm savannah guthrie. i'm in for matt. talk about taking it to the last possible minute with that header to save the game, basically tying it up. they pulled it out. >> go women. in fact, she says the history of the team is that they never give up. they're called now team destiny. we've got other news this morning. >> we're all about the ladies this morning, aren't we? talking about down to the wire. president obama scheduled a news conference later this morning to
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address the high stakes debt and budget negotiation. >> lawmakers are facing an august 2nd deadline to prevent the country defaulting on loans for the first time ever. on sunday the president said if that's going to happen an agreement needs to be in place in just ten days. is there any chance that will happen? we'll get the latest from the white house. also ahead, william and catherine wrapped up their north american tour with a visit to california over the weekend. we'll have the highlights including exclusive behind the scenes luncheon. she even met the prince. we're going to talk to her about her experience. plus, a warning to parents. backyard trampolines are becoming very popular but they also come with big safety concerns. coming up, one family shares their cautionary story. we're going to meet a newborn so big doctors have already given him a nickname, the moose. at more than 16 pounds, jamichael brown could be the largest baby ever born in texas. everything is bigger in texas. he's going to join us along with
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his proud parents. let's begin this morning with our top story. the debt ceiling standoff in washington. kristen, good morning. >> good morning to you, ann. president obama met with congressional leaders on sunday to try to get a deal done. that didn't happen. in fact, one official with knowledge of the discussion tells me it was a bit tense. lawmakers are hoping to get a deal done within the next ten days so it can be processed by that august 2nd deadline. their ties were off but the heat was on as the president and congressional leaders met sunday for a second time in less than a week to try to salvage the deal to raise the debt limit. when a reporter asked if a deal could be reached in ten days, president obama was quick to respond. >> we need to. >> we need to, said mr. obama, but can they? the same group met last thursday and it seemed both sides were considering a big deal, which would mean roughly $4 trillion
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in deficit reductions over the next decade. the president was offering to put social security and medicare on the table in exchange for increasing tax revenue. but saturday night speaker boehner pulled the plug on the deal. gop sources say house republicans won't go for tax hikes. boehner is now calling for a package about half the size. in sunday's meeting, sources say, the president continued to push for a grand deal, but the two sides left as divided as ever. after the talks baner released a statement reiterating, no tax hikes. senate majority leader harry reid fired back saying, the stakes are too high for republicans to keep taking the easy way out. >> we're going to try to get the biggest deal possible. >> reporter: on "meet the press" sunday treasury secretary timothy geithner warned if congress doesn't raise the nation's borrowing limit by august 2nd the u.s. will default on its loans for the first time in history. >> and if that happens, you're going to see catastrophic damage
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across the american economy and across the global economy. it's not something we -- failure is not an option. >> reporter: the international monetary fund's new chief echoed those concerns. >> nasty consequences, not just for the united states but for the entire global economy. >> reporter: senate minority leader mitch mcconnell held the line. >> to get a big package would require big tax increases in the middle of an economic situation that's extraordinarily difficult with 9.2% unemployment. it's a terrible idea. it's a job killer. >> reporter: president obama will speak about the issue later on this morning. white house officials tell me he will continue to push for a big deal. he's going to meet with congressional leaders again this afternoon. it seems like the one thing all sides can agree on, they do want to get a deal done soon. >> ann? >> kristen welker, thank you so much. jim demint of south carolina is the author of a new book called "the great american awakening". two years that changed america,
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washington. good morning. >> ann, it's good to be with you. >> the clock is ticking, senator. what do you think the chances are of a deal in ten days? >> well, it's been frustrating. the president has been talking about this for six months. he agreed six months ago that we couldn't raise taxes on the down economy. now suddenly he says in order to have any cuts, we're going to have to raise taxes. and he still has not given us a proposal that we can accept or reject. it's been frustrating -- >> are you saying here that the chances are very slim? what are you saying here about whether it can be done in ten days, senator? >> ann, i think what you're going to see this week is an absent of a president's proposal is -- you'll see republicans in the house and the senate supporting a new bill that will give the president the increase in the debt limit he wants in return for some reasonable cuts next year, some caps on spending over ten years with the stakes
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to ratify. this is the kind of thing that doesn't cut social security or medicare. it gives the states a chance to decide whether or not we need to live within our means. and it gives us time over the next several years to do the reforms in our tax codes, social security, and medicare that we need to do. so last year's election, ann, was about getting control of our debt and we'll never do it if we don't stop spending more than we're bringing? >> you over the weekend on this topic called secretary geithner's warning, which of course we just heard in this last piece, of a potential economic catastrophe. you called it irresponsible saying he's playing chicken little here. are you questioning his expertise or his motivation, senator? >> i'm questioning what he's saying because we are not going to default. we've got enough tax revenue to pay our bills. it certainly are be disruptive if we continue on the track we're going right now. but we have enough assets and social security, medicare trust
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fund to pay those benefits for several years, if necessary. it's not ideal but we don't need to panic and rush into a deal. and the president is actually been burning the clock with these secret negotiations, pushing us up against a deadline so he can create this panic. we need to keep calm and if the president will work with us on some reasonable cuts, we'll work with him on giving him an increase on the debt limit. but now is not the time to panic and do something else that's going to make our economy worse and cost us more jobs. >> it's interesting you say not to panic because we also heard the head of the imf saying there will be global consequence it is this is not done very quickly. what makes you so confident that there's enough money to pay these bills, including the social security checks? >> ann, we need to listen to what they're saying. geithner and the head of the imf are saying if we default it will
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be catastrophic. we're not going to default. we've got the money. the only way we will default is if secretary geithner and the president choose to default. they're required by law to pay our bills. they're also required by law to pay social security and medicare. so we don't need to panic. we would like to get this deal done. we will give the president an increase in the debt limit, but only if the democrats help us send to the states an opportunity to ratify a balanced budget amendment to the constitution. >> i want to ask you a question about your new book with little time left, but you write in your book the 2012 elections, quote, could be our last chance to rescue america from disaster. if that is true why do you say you're not considering run for president, senator? >> well, i still don't see a president in the mirror, ann. but i do believe 201 could be our last chance because, as a businessman, i understand that the weight this president is
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taking is going to continue to hurt our economy and cost us jobs. we need a president who understands the urgency of the hour in returning the first principles, those principles that made america exceptional. what this president is doing, growing the government, expanding the debt, we cannot take another four years. >> all right. on that note we need to leave it. senator jim demint, thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> thanks, ann. nbc news will have live coverage of the president's news conference today at 11:00 in the morning eastern, 8:00 a.m. pacific time, here on nbc. all right. let's get a check now of the rest of the morning's top stories from natalie morales over at in news desk this morning. >> good morning, everyone. new defense secretary leon panetta is in baghdad this morning in pentagon as rocket strikes pound the green zone this morning. our correspondent jim
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miklaszewski is there. >> three of four rockets hit the green zone this morning. they're saying this is clearly a welcome shot for secretary panetta who told us in an interview just a few minutes ago that iraqi extremists that are being armed by iran with sophisticated weapons are targeting and killing americans. 15 american soldiers were killed just last month. and one soldier told us this morning they're coming after us. now, in our interview with secretary panetta he said that he's demanding that iran back off, and that the iraqi security forces step up to protect the americans. but if that doesn't happen he says that he has the authority to order the u.s. military into action. and that could mean preemptive combat strikes against those extremists. the problem, however, is that as the american military starts to withdraw from iraq, they're all supposed to be out by the end of this year, those attacks against u.s. forces are only expected to rise.
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natalie? >> jim miklaszewski in baghdad for us this morning. thanks so much, jim. in russia, hope of finding survivors is fading this morning after an old soviet era tourist cruise ship sank sunday. more than a dozen people have been confirmed dead so far and more than 100 other passengers are feared dead, as well. emergency officials say the boat was carrying more than its licensed capacity. a firefighter who died at a texas rangers baseball game last week will be remembered today. shannon stone fell to his death while trying to catch ball for his 6-year-old son who was seated beside him in the stands. the funeral will be held today in the hometown of brownwood, texas. it's monday. off to work for the shuttle "atlantis" astronauts who are delivering a year's worth of food, clothes and otherwise to the space station. they're monitoring a piece of space junk that could come too close to the joints on tuesday. and as you saw here earlier,
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a major comeback for team usa in germany battling soccer great brazil. abbey wamba tied up the game with a header, 2-2, keeping team and their goalie saved the day blocking a penalty kick for the game. team usa won 5-3 with penalty kicks. they take on france in the semifinals on wednesday. ann, you said it, all calling them team destiny. they were down a person after suffering a red card. >> played a player down. >> natalie, thank you so much. good point. wow. that was really fun.
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>> good morning. we are off to a quiet start. air quality in the 4 range. high temperatures between 90 and 95.
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20% chance for afternoon 20% chance for afternoon thunderstorms. savannah? >> thanks. william and catherine are back home in england today following their whirlwind weekend in california. the duke and duchess did not disappoint their legions of fans in the golden state. nbc's peter alexander covered the royal visit and he's in los angeles this morning with the details. >> everyone would agree this was a near flawless trip. all said and done they were on the ground here in the u.s. for barely 48 hours. finding a delicate balance between business and pleasure. in the process making a pretty good first impression on their american hosts. a picture perfect finale to
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william and kate's first american tour. the duke and duchess for cambridge saving their most meaningful stops for last. >> thank you for coming! >> reporter: visiting underprivileged children at this inner city arts program. ♪ the newlyweds seemed at ease enjoying their creative side putting their hands together in slabs of clay. later the royals showed their support at a job fair for american veterans. >> enormous that they're here. they are a military family and they are the most celebrated military family in the world. >> reporter: the couple began sunday minkling with the likes of reese witherspoon at 1a luncheon protecting wildlife. then a black tie affair. kate stunning the alexander the queen, earrings on loan from queen elizabeth hess. and there for the only time in america, they pause to greet a few fans. among the celebrities rubbing
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elbows with the future king and queen of england, tom hanks, barbra streisand, and nicole kidman. >> when they get together magic happens. >> reporter: saturday morning the couple helicoptered into santa barbara for a charity polo match, breezing down the red carpet. >> my father, the prince of wales, and my brother harry, were green as the grass outside when i told them i would be here today. >> reporter: the prince put on a show, scoring four goals to lead his team to victory. his reward, a rare public kiss. their admirers were schmidt ten. >> i get goose bumps. >> my breath was taken away, for sure. >> why are americans fascinated by your royalty? >> because they're untouchable, exclusive. whenever they come to america they sprinkle fairy dust. >> reporter: the royal couple charmed crowds during their entire tour. kate's effortless style on display at every stop. and on their final day, the
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duchess so, returned it to their host, calling the farewell performance, beautiful. and for their trans atlantic flight home william and kate did not take a private jet. instead they flew commercial, british airways, of course, to present themselves as a thoroughly modern royal couple. nbc news royal contributor covered william and catherine's trip to north america. robert, good morning. >> good morping. >> i think i knee the answer to this question but based on what you saw, how were they received in california? >> i think it was a fantastic reception. they really did a great performance and dit themselves proud. after all, this was their first ever royal tour together. i thought catherine in particular was fantastic. >> i know william really impressed you with some of the remarks he made during this visit. >> i think william himself is showing that he's growing into this role. he did actually say to me when i met him in canada that he can't wait to get home because he wants to lie down in a darkened
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room in his farm house in north wales. fantastic on this trip. he has shown that he's a class about. >> aobviously had the spotlight on them for days now. this was kate's first visit to the united states. she's never even been to new york. does she seem to be adjusting to the spotlight as well as she appears to? >> i think she in public certainly looks very, very poised and exceptionally good at what she does. in private when i met her back in canada she was a little more nervous, a little bit more hesitant about what she was doing. i think she's going to grow into the role and they're going to be a star team together. >> one of the things william and kate did was visit an art kids in l.a.'s skid row. why was this important to them? >> this is very important. it goes back to the days of diana when william was a little boy and diana took him to these down and out centers in london and he met people living on the streets. he's never forgotten that. he wants to make sure that it's not all about glitz and glamour, that you're highlighting the
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needy dacauses, too. >> i notice they flew commercial back to england. i guess that's part of that approach. obviously they have the glamour that the royalty has but want to keep in touch with the everyday people. >> that goes back to diana. she stuarted flying economy whih was upset to the royals because they had to start doing it itself. >> kate reflected that into her fashions. how did her look go over in california? >> i think she looked extremely beautiful, very poised. she's clever the way she picks all of these out fitses. when she was in canada she was wearing canadian designers, in america, she wore an american designer, too. >> thank you. >> pleasure. speaking of the royal weekend in california, coming up, we have exclusive access to her luncheon for william and catherine. plus, casey anthony prepares for life on the outside. where will she go now? will she have any contact with
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her family? we'll talk exclusively to a member of her defense
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pound baby who could be the biggest ever born in texas. >> we'll meet him live.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am lisa robinson. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> let's get you up-to-date on the latest. eastbound 32 up at brokenland parkway, watch for accident. washington boulevard, 95, good
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news on that brought franklin boulevard and 795, use extra caution as you travel there. water tower way, accident at harford county. we still have closures and we will all be to do to artscape. delays on southbound 95 out of the northeast. so far so good on the beltway. we will see what is going on, the ball away at west side project so far so good here. not a whole lot of volume of their. live view of traffic at white marsh. going away from us, southbound delayed towards the beltway northeast. tony has a check on the forecast. >> you notice on the traffic cameras the hazy sunshine. air quality in the poor range, bordering code orange and code red. you might notice that if you have respiratory problems. 71 degrees in parkton.
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the-to-mid-nineties this afternoon. not that bad right now, but by this afternoon, you will feel that. 20% chance for afternoon thunderstorm. better chance for the storm's tomorrow afternoon and evening. a front will come through and that will cool things off by the time we had the end of the weak. >> be sure to check the bottom of your screen for updated news and information. we are back in 25 minutes with another live update.
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morning, the 11th day of july, 2011. take a look at this. a nice shot from top of the rock as we kick off the start of a new workweek. we we have a big concert coming up at the end of the week, chris brown will be here on friday to perform some of his many hits live on our concert stage. this morning inside studio 1-a, i'm ann curry alongside savannah guthrie. coming up this morning, the questions surrounding the upcoming release of casey
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anthony, where will she live, how will she earn a living? coming up, a member of her defense team speaks out in an exclusive live interview. plus, much more on william and catherine's california visit. "today" contributor giada de laurentiis cooked for them on a star-studded luncheon over the weekend. did she get to meet the royal couple? we're also going to meet, and take a look at this, a record-setting newborn. this little guy is just three days old and weighs more than 16 pounds. he's the biggest baby ever born at this hospital and perhaps the largest ever in the state of texas. we'll talk to his parents. >> he makes us see right through it. in six days she will walk out of a florida jail a free woman. in a moment we'll talk exclusively to one of her defense attorneys. but first, nbc's kerry sanders is outside the jail in orlando. kerry, good morning. >> good morning, savannah.
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casey anthony is solitary in a cell here as she has been for the last three years. now perhaps even more so. it's designed to protect her from other inmates who may want to attack her to make a name for themselves. when she is released here on sunday it's unclear what time she will be released or if it will be from this fa sillity. it's possible she will be transferred to another facility. >> murder, verdict as to count one, we the jury find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: the verdict sent shockwaves because it was unexpected by many. casey anthony acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter caylee. moments later -- >> providing false information to law enforcement officer, verdict as to count four, we the jury find the defendant guilty. >> reporter: guilty on four counts of lying to police, misdemeanors. the judge sentes tnced casey toe maximum allowed by law, four years in jail.
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but for time already served she will be free on sunday. >> reporter: for some, the verdict and sentence has sparked outrage. >> for the sentence, it's not justice at all. even life in jail would not have been justice for me. >> she got away with murder, in my opinion. >> reporter: prosecutors say they thought they presented a strong case. but the jury saw otherwise. >> a verdict of not guilty simply means that the jury didn't feel that she was proven to be guilty. it's not the same as saying that she's innocent. we will never truly know as a matter of fact whether she is innocent or not. >> reporter: now lawmakers in at least a dozen states are considering legislation for caylee's law. if passed the law would make it a crime should a parent fail to report a missing child to police within 48 hours. casey anthony waited 31 days to report her daughter missing. >> had this been in place before
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the caylee anthony disappearance, that casey anthony would not be walking out of that jail next week. she would be a felon in the state of florida under what we're proposing as caylee's law. >> reporter: with just days before her released there are unanswered questions, what will casey do next and where will she take her new found note righty. it's unlikely she'll go home to her parents. sfri casey's mother cindy tried to visit her mother in jail. but casey refused. it's not just casey anthony's security that's a concern. juror number 12 has gone into hiding. her husband tells nbc news because of the lack bash she picked up a phone, called her boss, retired, packed a bag, and left the state. her husband says that as she was leaving she said she would rather spend time in jail than ever serve on a jury again.
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>> all right. in orlando, kerry, thank you. cheney mason is one of casey anthony's defense attorneys. he's with us exclusively this morning. mr. mason, good morning. thank you for being with us. let's start right there. i know you received death threats, casey anthony has certainly received death threats. she's out in less than a week. where can she go? >> i don't know. if i did, i wouldn't tell you. >> are you concerned about her safety? >> yes. we're all concerned about her safety. and her future. one thing at a time. >> well, as we saw in the piece, cindy anthony, her mother, attempted to visit her in jail over the weekend. casey refused to see her. is this family relationship beyond repair? >> i don't know that anything is ever beyond repair, but i would say that odds are pretty strong that it is. she may have a relationship in the future with her brother at some point. i may expect that. i don't know when or how, but i
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think with the parents, that's pretty well burned. >> she can't go home. at this point she has to be one of the most recognizable women in this country. a recent gallop poll found nearly two thirds of americans believe she is guilty. would you advise her to leave the country? >> no. this is as much her country as anybody else's. she just needs to have some time and counseling and be re-introduced into society. she's been in lockdown for 23 hours a day. >> you mentioned counseling. there wasn't but a couple of weeks ago in the middle of the trial your defense team asked her to be declared incompetent to stand trial. you felt her mental issues were such that she needed to be in a mental health facility. do you still believe that? >> first of all, you're wrong. no one was asking her to be found incompetent. we just wanted to have her examined to make sure she was okay to continue with the trial. >> you thought there was reason, some sufficient reason to ask the judge in the middle of the trial to determine whether she
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was competent, correct? >> yes. if she's under a lot of pressure. like i said, not only is she in trial for her life, but when she's not in the trial, then she's back in lockdown. and just imagine 23 hours a day for 3 years, most people would be drooling. she's tough. we needed to find out if she was okay. >> you're not saying she's mentally ill now. >> no, she's not. >> let's talk about the trial. ultimately she exercised her constitutional right not to testify. did she want to testify? >> i guess she's the only one that knows that for sure. we certainly talked about it for a long time. mr. baez and i had conferences with her. she's a very intelligent person and independent. and we, of course, advised her based on my experiences, i wouldn't want her to go through that. she certainly wasn't afraid to. that was the last-minute final decision on her part. >> she was closely watched during this trial. did you or your co-counsel ever
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coach her on her demeanor, tell her to not be as expressive as she sometimes was? >> we sometimes warned her when the cameras were focusing on her, but she's pretty savvy and nobody coached her about doing anything. if anything, we tried to keep her emotions down but it's pretty hard to do when your family is testifying against you and people are calling for your blood like a lynch mob, as you say, two-thirds of this country, that's the mentality of the country and constitutional rights is ignore the jury? that's a shame. >> you made an allegation, defense counsel made an allegation in this trial that george anthony had molested his daughter casey and then there was no evidence at all to back that up. once that allegation is out there though, as you know in the law, you can't unring the bell. jurors don't forget it. my question to you is was that a brilliant defense strategy or was it a dirty trick?
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>> it wasn't a dirty trick. the allegation wasn't new in trial. it had been made in the public eye from letters written in the jail for some time before that. sometimes evidence or testimony in trial doesn't turn out to be what you expect it to be. nothing more about that. >> do you believe that casey anthony is innocent, not just not guilty and the prosecutors didn't prove her dacase, but do you believe her story? >> i believe her story. i believed it from the first time i met her. it was several weeks before i actually formally was on the team, i went to her home. her room, where the photographs are, and talked to her. i never for one minute have no doubt at all. she did not kill her daughter, period. >> if anything beyond a reasonable doubt it is that she is a accomplished liar. i don't think you would dispute that. you're a veteran defense attorney. why do you think she's suddenly
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telling the truth? >> i don't know that it's sudden. i don't think her story, her position has changed from the very beginning. people's awareness of her is certainly greater than it used to be. it's no question she told a lot of stories to friends and so forth from a protective mechanism. i think we presented evidence of that. >> very quickly. i know you've had your moments of frustration with some of the media coverage here. i think we even have a shot of you making a gesture to somebody when the frustration boiled over. my question to you is, there's no argument that some of the media did convict her in the press. but is it the result here an acquittal on the most serious charges kind of turn that on its head, the idea that you can be convicted in the press and not get a fair trial? >> she was not only tried but convicted and sentenced by the news media, and that conviction was overturned by the jury. and another thing i'll straighten out is, my
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frustrations are not with the news media itself or in general. there is one particular stalker that had been stalking our defense team morning, noon, and night, every day of the trial, yelling obscenities and threatening and trying to embarrass and expose mr. baez, myself, and the others. went so far as to even ask some of the women on our team, on the street, whether or not they were on their periods, and that little non-human person deserved what he got. >> meaning your gesture. >> unfortunately he wasn't in the same room. >> chaeney mason, good to have you in person. now let's get a check of the weather from al. >> narrator: "today's" weather is brought to you by usaa, proudly serving the men and women who protect our freedom and their families. and good morning, everybody. got some friends here. fans of harry potter. emma watson is going to be here
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at 8:30. yeah. let's check your weather. look at the week ahead. above normal temperatures for the eastern two-thirds of the country and in early part of the week. below normal temperatures in the west. mid part of the week, wet weather in the southeast and normal conditions. cooler out west. latter part of the week we've got normal conditions along the southeast and still a little on the cool side out west. >> hot and steamy monday on tap. at 93 this afternoon. air quality in the port range. slight chance for a don't forget you can check your weather any time of the day
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or night. check it on cable or weather.com online. savannah. >> al, thank you. coming up next, the 3-day-old boy who could be the biggest baby ever born in texas. you'll meet him, right after this.
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back now at 6:33. they say everything is bigger in texas. that certainly holds true for a baby boy born over the weekend. jamichael brown was 16 pounds 1 ounce. doctors say say suspected he would be big, just not that big. he's joining us this morning along with his parents janet johnson and michael brown. good morning, everybody. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> janet, i understand you've been feeling tired, which, of course, would be certainly justified this morning. how are you and jamichael doing? >> okay. >> yeah? >> we're doing okay. yeah. >> i know that you gave birth via cesarean and that you
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suffered from gestational diabetes during the pregnancy. are doctors at all worried about him as a result of that, or is everything going to be fine, janet? >> they think he's going to be fine. >> well, that's certainly some good news. michael, what was your reaction when you found out how big your son is and that he's broken the record for the hospital? >> just amazed when he came out. i mean, how big he was. >> that's right. he's two feet tall. you're 6'6'', so you're a big guy already. he's two feet tall. his head measures at 16 inch, chest, 17 inches. are you thinking you might be a football player? have you been wanting a football player in your family? >> yeah, maybe basketball player. >> a basketball player. >> go ahead. i'm sorry to interrupt you. go ahead, michael. >> no, i just -- i'm just proud
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of him. i'm just proud. proud family. >> and, janet, i understand that you might have to go do some shopping. is it true that he's already out grown all of his baby clothes? >> a lot of the stuff that he bought him is too little, so we'll have to exchange a lot of stuff. >> well, i know you've got -- i know you have a full life with him on your hands. thank you so much. i know you just gave birth three days ago so it's so sweet of you, janet, to join us with your new baby and your husband, michael brown. thanks so much to all of you. >> thank you. >> all right. still ahead this morning, jennifer lopez joins us live and she has a special announcement to make. but first, these messages. ñ÷ñññ
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back now at 7:50. britain's best-selling tabloid "news of the world" issues the final edition on sunday amid the widening phone hacking scandal. nbc's stephanie goss is in london with the latest. >> rupert murdoch bought "news of the world" but it has been loved by readers and feared by the politicians, celebrities and royals that it has regularly exposed. in its final edition editors asked the reading public not to judge the paper by this scandal but instead by its years in print.
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with the ink barely dry on the final edition of "the news of the world" rupert murdoch traveled to the uk to manage the damage control personally. on display his so far unqualified support from rebecca brooks, former editor of the paper and now a trusted executive at news corp. smiles for the cameras but calls for hooks to resign are growing louder. one of the most damaging allegations the paper faces is a phone hacking of a 13-year-old murder victim. charismatic redhead was editor of "news of the world "account at the time. >> if she goes that puts a spotlight on rupert murdoch's son james and if he is vulnerable rupert murdoch is himself. >> reporter: he is widely seen as his father's heir apparent. >> james murdoch and rebecca brooks cannot deny responsibility. >> reporter: brook clings to her job as hundreds of "news of the
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world" employees lost theirs. fired suddenly with just three months' pay and a promise that newscorp. will do its best to find new positions. one recording brook taking tough questions from an openly hostile staff. >> you're calling our newspaper toxic. do you think we'd want to work for you again? >> reporter: the final edition had a simple head lip "thank you and good-bye." insi inside, editorial read, quite simply, we lost our way. the tabloid is finished but the scandal continues to spiral out of control, reaching the highest echelons of british power. prime minister david cameron is being publicly criticized for hiring another former editor of "news of the world" for his spokesman. he was arrested last week for his alleged involvement in the phone hacking and payments to police officers for news tips. the british media are reporting there could be as many as 12 new arrests in the coming days. there's evidence that news
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corp's business is being effected. a merger here in this country with a multibillion dollar british network could be put on hold and there are some fears that ininvestigations could be opened into newscorp's other hollings including those in the u.s. just ahead, we're going to switch gears and talk to giada de laurentiis. @
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am lisa robinson. let's check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> some delays in accidents. smith ave, still a working accident at greenspring ave. perring parkway n. woodbourne avenue, new crash coming in there. water tower way, we are checking reports of an accident.
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some delays forming on southbound 95. probably the heaviest spot. 11 miles per hour on average. westbound 100, route 10 to i-97. southbound traffic backing up approaching white marsh towards the 895 split. will switch to a live view of traffic in the area of providence. just a bit more volume on the west side. tony, over to you. >> off to a quiet start this monday. hazy sunshine, air quality in the 4 range. if you have a respiratory problem, keep in mind. otherwise, no precipitation. 72 and 8 jarrettsville. humidity is going to be going up as we go through the day. by the afternoon, it will get higher. mostly sunny is our forecast. 20% chance for a thunderstorm. most of you won't see that.
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better chance for thunderstorms tomorrow evening. we are going to make it to 95 on tuesday, but we should cool off by the end of the week. >> that you watching. we will see you back here in 25 minutes. my hero! anyone can be a hero with the new captain america cherry coolatta from dunkin'. america runs on dunkin'.
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8:00 now on a monday morning, july 11th, 2011. active crowd here at rockefeller plaza. it's going to be a warm day outside. we head into the 90 snz. >> yes, ma'am. high humidity. >> we're going to get more on this forecast coming up in just a moment. meantime, i'm ann curry along with savannah guthrie and al roker. back from vacation. matt has the morning off. just ahead, exclusive look at william and catherine's visit to california. the charity event, a polo event there. a meal was prepared by our very
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own giada de laurentiis. she got to meet the prince. there they are. do you think she's even going to talk to us? >> yes. >> she made us curtsi when i saw her earlier today. >> we're going to find out more about that bs what happened there. what else? >> also some summertime fun but we'll talk about the dangers of the backyard trampolines. people love them. they're kid magnets. if you aren't careful they could lead to serious injuries. precaution you need to take before you let them bounce away. on a lighter note, we have got one heck of a barbecue competiti competition. we have got firefighters/chefs. three of the best from across the country taking part in our first-ever firehouse cookoff. yum, yum, get the fire alarms going there. >> no kidding. a three alarm for sure. anyway, before we get to any of that, the news with natalie at the news desk. >> good morning to you once again. good morning, everyone. president obama and congressional leaders are meeting with new urgency today
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over the budget crisis. on sunday at the white house the president pushed lawmakers for a multi-trillion dollar deal to bring down the deficit and raise the borrowing limit. however, house speaker john boehner said a smaller package is more realistic to divert a u.s. default on the debt payments. let's head to wall street. mandy is at the new york stock exchange. >> good morning, natalie. today is the tickoff of the second quarter earnings season. the focus here is on what corporate america is telling the markets about the fate of the economy, especially after friday's very poor report on job creation. as you mentioned, also focusing on the talks resuming today on trying to get a debt and budget deal done. there are also concerns over italy that this is the new nexus of the crisis of the problems over in europe. and gas prices are ticking up once again. at this stage, aaa says $3.63 on average is now what you have to
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pay for a gallon, versus a week ago, $3.56. back to you. >> mandy drury at the new york stock exchange. thank you. exposing more of the scandal now at the news of the world that the british tabloid reportedly tried to hack the phones of 9/11 victims. rupert murdock's best-selling weekly folded after sunday's edition in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. and funeral services begin tuesday in california for former first lady betty ford who died friday in palm springs. she will be laid to rest next to her husband, former president jgerald ford, in michigan on thursday. she helped desigma advertised treatment for substance abuse, 93 years old. here's brian williams with a look at what's coming up tonight on nbc "nightly news qu." >> coming up tonight, if you live in southern california you know what karmageddon is. for the rest of us, wait for the
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countdown when they shut down the highway. a preview for you tonight. natalie, for now, back to you. >> thanks, brian. for a quick look at what's trending today. tourists who want something unusual are searching google for alcatraz by night. visitors can tour the rock by lantern lights to see where the likes of al capone and machine gun kelly slept behind bars. people are searching hollywood's weekend's baby boom on yahoo!. kate hudson revealed her engagement on this show gave birth to her second son on saturday. and victoria and david beckham welcomes their fourth child on sunday. they finally got their baby girl, her name harper seven, believed to be named after beckham's former soccer jersey number. facebook is exploding with congratulations again for the u.s. women's soccer team as they advance to the world cup semifinals. they came from behind in a heart-stopping victory over brazil on sunday, tieing the match with a header that then
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surging ahead on penalty quikic winning it 5-3. the semifinal game wednesday and noon. let's have a party, okay, girls? >> no question about it. hey, i'll make the chicken fingers. >> thanks so much. >> i'll bring the beer. >> okay. all right. let's get to al with a check of the weather. >> i vote for pigs in a blanket. we got a lot of people out here all getting ready for emma watson, who will be here in our next half hour. awfully cool. let's check your weather, see what's happening. and we have got our pick city of the day. nbc 6 on your side. new orleans, thunderstorms. 95 degrees. yikes. as we look at the rest of the country, strong storms firing up through the plains. there's a risk of strong storms today stretching the plains into the central great lakes. looking hot and steamy. temperatures well into the 100s in the southern plains.
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hundreds in southern nevada as well. more warm weather with high humiditity here in the northeast. >> it is going to be a hot and steamy start and there could be a couple thunderstorms popup in the heat and humidity is ave. thantd lats your latest weather. >> al, thanks. coming up, what's it like to cook for royalty? "today" contributor giada de laurentiis takes us behind the scenes for the duke and duchess of cambridge. boy, i'm glad we got aflac huh. aflac! oh, i've just got major medical...
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back now at 8:09 this morning with kicking can giada, royal luncheon for the duke and duchess of cambridge. giada de laurentiis had the chance to cook for them in santa barbara, california. we can't wait to hear how it went. >> i can honestly say besides my wedding and the birth of my daughter saturday was probably the most exciting day of my life. here's a behind the scenes look at how it all came together. long before the festivities began at the santa brar bra polo club the food preparations started 70 miles to the south at a small catering company in an industrial section of los angeles. on friday with only 24 hours to go we turned the heat up on the cooking. these are the main course, the
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sweet corn lasagna. this is where we grill all the vegetables. can you believe it? it's good. it's really good. >> awesome. >> 1500 shrimp, 100 pounds of penne and over 9,000 cookies. all needing to be done to perfection for the duke and duchess, and all the other guests attending the event. cooking in different ovens and making these recipes bigger than ever, i never expected to feed 3500 people, so i think that's the challenge. the food travels to the event in refrigerated trucks. all right. so these are the trucks. all right, you guys. take good care of my food. under the cover of darkness the food trucks arrived in santa barbara at 5:00 a.m. as the sun is coming up the dining tents are coming together. it's like moving from house to house. i usually cook the food, not unload the trucks.
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but nervous energy made me jump right in. but after a food carrier fell over, i was out of there. after that scare, i went back to doing what i know best. i'm getting a little nervous, i got to say. we've had issues with security. we've had issues with people, you know, warning me that my staff, that they're not doing it properly, they will get kicked out. i obviously can't do this alone. i certainly couldn't meet the future king of england wearing a chef coat. still, it wasn't party time for me just yet. i'm just hoping and pray that these look like what they're supposed to look like. i think they forgot the avocado. while all the guests are checking out the duke and duchess, i was making sure everything was just right with the first course. my california chopped salad with parmesan and shrimp. at this point, all i could do was stay out of the way and try and remember the details.
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white, white, white. >> looks beautiful. look at it. >> at last, all the craziness that had gone on in the kitchen was about to pay off. this is when i need an extra pair of hands. ann, matt, help! everything was ready to go. look at my models. and the salad service went very smoothly. make sure the plates are clean. i checked every plate as it went out. then turned my attention to the entree, my lasagna and roasted asparagus. main course going out, baby. it was an honor to be asked to serve this dish to the table of the duke and duchess. here we go. no video cameras were allowed in the dining room at this point. but as the saying goes, a picture is worth 1,000 words. that was so awesome!
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>> and you did it all looking like a million bucks, giada. >> wow. >> i think he was gushing at your food and you were gushing about the prince? >> you know, i was just so honored when i was asked to serve the main course to them, and i thought, i don't know, i'm going to be a bumbling idiot. i'm not sure what i'm going to say but we talked about foot. i think that really touched my heart was when we chatted about jade, my daughter. they asked about her. and i just -- that just kind of threw me off. at that point, i thought, i'm done. i need to get out of here. it was great. >> then when you came out you were kind of like doing a rocky kind of thing. very impressive. >> yes, al. you know, i was so overwhelmed with joy and relieve. >> that you had to do the rocky thing? >> the thing is i had heels on prior to that and i thought i'm going to put flats on because the last thing i want to do is serve the food and then trip or something. so i was so overwhelmed that it
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all went so smoothly and we actually got to chat and they laughed and they were warm and friendly. it was actually the weirdest thing because it felt like chatting with some friends even though i know we're not friends. >> you want to go back to buckingham palace with them. >> you look perfect. but any mishap or moments that were heart. stopping for you? >> you know, there were. you know, the credential situation and the security level was so incredibly high that i was so -- i was fearful and panicked when we were, you know, people kept telling me, oh, your staff is going to get kicked out and i just thought, i just can't take the stress right now because honestly i can't do this alone. i'm the only one credentialed with all this access. that was the most stressful. getting the details down. the caterers were amazing and i obviously couldn't have pulled it off without the great team i had behind me. it was fabulous. a lot of stress though. >> congratulations, giada. >> you mean lady giada.
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>> lady. >> we always knew you were royalty. >> we're going to bow to her. >> yes. >> we'll be back right after this. bye, giada. >> bye. >> back right after this. bacon?! gotta get that bacon! bacon?! bacon? bacon! who wants a beggin' strip? meee! i'd get it myself but i don't have thumbs! yum, yum, yum, yum, yum... it's bacon!!! mmmmm...i love you. i love bacon. i love you.
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could cause serious injury. when this family got a new trampoline for christmas they thought it was the perfect family toy. fun for everyone. >> it has thick padding that goes all of the way around the structure. it covers the metal here. and then this net really, i think, lulled me into a false sense of security. >> reporter: this spring she learned that the hard way. her 7-year-old son neil was bouncing with his dad and sister when he lost his balance and took a serious fall. that's why manufacturers recommend only one person on a trampoline at a time. >> neil fell backwards. he landed on his own foot in an awkward way and ended up breaking his leg. >> reporter: the american academy of pediatrics say trampoline accidents have become a national epidemic. according to the consumers product safety commission there are about 100,000 trampoline-related injuries every year. and most involve kids under 18. >> it happens neil, two fact
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churs. >> reporter: while common injuries are cut, sprains like neils. >> up here, your whole leg? >> it came up high like this. >> reporter: some accidents th lead to permanent damage. >> some kids can have significant brain injuries, spine injuries, death with actually occur. and those usually happen when children are trying to do tricks or somersaults on the trampoline. >> reporter: mark is a sports forensics expert who testifies at trials involving trampoline accidents. >> if installed right, maintained right, supervised right, rules are followed for trampolining, they're as safe as any other sport. if those don't happen, janice, then injuries skyrocket. if you go over here the enclosure must be closed. >> reporter: so we took him to one local neighborhood to do some spot inspections.
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homeowners family sports gang just had his trampoline serviced. >> do you think your trampoline is safe? >> yes, i do. >> reporter: he quickly found common hazards families commonly overlook. mistake number one, allowing the trampoline to seep into the ground. >> which means over time the trampoline gets unlevel. when it becomes not level the dynamic of the balance changes. >> reporter: mistake number two, keeping the ladder attached without adult supervision, which can cause entrapment. >> i've done cases where kids have gotten on the trampoline. they couldn't find the entry, 2 or 3-year-olds, squeeze through here, this clamps down on them and they end up strangling themselves. >> reporter: mistake number three. poor maintenance. allowing springs to become weathered or detached which can make the bed unsafe. >> here's a spring that just popped up this morning. i was watching some kids jump. >> reporter: family was surprised by our findings.
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>> stanley. >> well, it's fascinating. that's for sure. certainly good points. things to look out for. >> reporter: after her son's accident, neil's mom is now much stricter. >> we have a new rule in the house when it comes to the trampoline. we just have one person on the trampoline at a time. >> bye. >> bye. >> that was awesome. >> i know. >> manufacturer's association advises it is very important to read the instructions, parental vigs, realize there's an element of risk involved, use common sense, exercise caution when using the device, and only have one person on at a time on that trampoline, which is a hard rule to follow but very important. >> janice, thanks. let's bring in the doctor. she a sports medicine physician at new york city's hospital and member of the american academy of pediatrics. let's start. because the american academy of pete tricpediatrics has a very strict policy.
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>> that's right. it's a national organization looking to protect the welfare offed adolescents pt. they should not be used alone ever. it's a lot of injuries. the concern is those things are injury producers at home unsupervised. >> you say adults are injured differently? >> yeah. kids are much more susceptible. they have cartilage plates on their bones that they're dproeing. if they twist their ankle or knee, the injury can be much more serious. >> janice, we have an example of a trampoline doing everything right, a safer version. >> brand new design. what they like about this is, first of all, the enclosure is completely enclosed. no one can come through. no one can get strangled. we had one who fell through and broke her collar bone from that. not good. and there's no springs. you don't have to maintain it.
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and these poles are also away so that when you're in here you're not banging into the poles. >> you look as to whether homeowners insurance cover trampoline injuries. >> very interesting. a lot of homeowner policies won't touch it, won't include it. our family that we talked to in boston had a changed policy to get it covered. it's something you really need to look into if you're going to get a backyard trampoline. >> doctor, i know you and your colleagues think it's not safe under any circumstances. what about those if you take those precautions it's as dang rouz as any ports? >> i have divers who use trampolines as part of their training. the part about this if somebody gets home from school and nobody is around and no one is watching them, the supervision is really key. >> all right. janice lieberman, thank you so much. doctor, great to have you with us. bottom line, keep it safe if you're going to do it. and just ahead, jennifer lopez, she's got big news to
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share with us. but first, your local news. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get off and check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> still dealing with accidents out there and delays as well. west side is looking better. greenspring avenue, accident clearing there. if you travel in lexington and freemont, watch for a clash -- crash clear up. we are looking at delays on
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southbound 95, 14 miles per hour on average approaching white marsh towards the 895 split. are for, we are experiencing outer loop northeast-site delays. we will switch over to a live view of traffic in the area of white marsh, where things are looking in little better. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. tony as a check on your forecast. >> hazy sunshine out there this morning. it air quality in the 4 range. -- poor range. 75 in jarrettsville. between 90 and 95 this afternoon. it will feel warmer because of the humidity. 20% chance it will run into a thunderstorm like this afternoon. most likely north and west of town. better chance for thunderstorms in the evening tomorrow. cold front will go through tomorrow night. high-temperature before that will climb into the mid-90's.
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after that, it cools off a little bit and we will drop back into the mid-80's by thursday. we will turn it round and drop back into the low nineties over the weekend. >> another update at 8:55.
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8:30 now on a monday morning, the 11th day of july, 20 11. here's a peek for all of our harry potter fans on the plaza. emma watson, the wildly popular movie franchise taking some photographs. catching up with her in just a moment.
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i'm ann curry alongside savannah guthrie some of the people out here, first ones said they were here at 5:00 yesterday afternoon just so they could see emma watson. >> did you see how creative this group, actually made a hogwarts at rockefeller center. there's the "today" show, rockefeller center. isn't that amazing? >> there's me. >> well-done. thank you so much for going to all that trouble. we're going to talk to emma in just a few moments. but first, parties to make money. >> a lot of us has been to these parties. usually at a friend's house, could be selling anything from cooking supplies to jewelry. so it a good career move? all right. and a little bit later firefighters usually known for putting out fires but we've got three firefighters who are turning up the heat and the flames in our first ever "today"
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show barbecue grill cookoff. we are going to crown a winner coming up. can't wait. jennifer lopez is joining us with a special announcement to make. i wonder what it could be. probably not what a lot of us are thinking but stay tuned. >> the franchise's final install it called "harry potter and the deathly hollow part ii". >> good to have you. during the london premier, all three of you, you and danielle and rupert, were all emotional and you were speaking out and talking about each other. talk to us about what it's like to sort ofnd this? is it sort of like ending in some ways your childhood? >> yeah. yeah. it does feel that way.
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it's been 12 years. we started when i was 9 and the boys were 12, and so you know, it's really been -- it's really being a significant part of our live, not just in terms of the amount of time but as a period in a human being's life, so much change and so much happening. so, yeah, it was incredibly emotional. >> is there a sense of sadness or relief? what is it for when you play a character for over half your life. >> i know. it's funny. when i think about what it all meant to actually be her and living her life, it's the most incredible -- to get to live in this world that so many people would like to live in. >> you said you were happy her character as it developed over these years really found her own voice and she was a strong female character. >> i know. yeah. i felt so privileged to play her. there just aren't that many women like her, you know, in
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film and in that section, she's just a really -- she has her own voice and incredibly intelligent. she's a vital part of that trio. she's not just a pretty face. >> by the way, can we say happy birthday to you because you just turned 21. >> i know. >> you had not just any little birthday present. but you had your favorite artist who actually composed some 30 portraits of you. >> i know. it was amazing. i contacted him. i e-mailed him about a painting he had done before and i wanted to buy it. >> amazing. >> he said, actually, i would love to do a series of pictures for you. which was, you know, just amazing. i would love to work with him. so i sat for some photographs and he did all of these. and, yeah. >> which one s do you get to keep? >> he gave me one. >> wow, nice. >> watercolors, charcoal. amazing. >> very stunning, as are you.
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we wish you so much luck. and we were also grateful that you got the role of hermione. aren't we? it opens on friday. now let's get a check of the weather. >> it's great. i saw it already. >> when you do the weather in 3d. >> wow. >> yes. >> everybody together, whoo, >> hot and steamy monday on tap. at 93 this afternoon. air quality in the port range. slight chance for a
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and unless you're a wizard and can change your own weather, make sure you check out the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. savannah? >> i thought you were going to say wear sunscreen. >> that, too. coming up next, how to make money by throwing a party. we'll explain. but first, this is "today" on nbc. the kincaids live here. across the street, the padillas. ben and his family live here, too.
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ben's a re/max agent, and he's a big part of this community. there are lots of reasons why re/max agents average more sales than other agents. experience, certainly. but maybe it's also because they care about the markets they serve and the neighbors who rely on them. nobody sells more real estate than re/max. visit remax.com today.
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back now at 8:38. this morning on "today's" money making a money by throwing a party. does it sound almost too good to be true? it's not as long as you're out for this. we've got nbc with details on how to do this. good morning. >> good morning, ann. gone are the days of the door-to-door traveling salesman, today is a growing robust industry with virtually every product available. you may be surprised at just how much fun some of the sellers seem to be having. which we're going to do is throw
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a few of these pieces in. >> reporter: this mid-morning gathering has lots of snacks and plenty of smiles. >> we're going to go ahead and add that. >> wow. >> reporter: but when it comes to cleaning up, it's all about the sales. >> can people make a living doing this. >> absolutely. chips, this looks so much better. >> reporter: as a direct seller for a company called the pampered chef, she is a stay at home mother of three says she makes a solid income. >> if you want it to be a full-time job, it's a full-time job. if you want it to be part-time, hobby, it's 100% in your control. >> reporter: michelle isn't paid bebe salary. she gets commission on the various pampered chef products she sells at the so-called cooking shows. >> it's a fun way of shopping. >> she'll demonstrate things to a point you think, i have to have it. >> reporter: michelle is in control of her hours and schedule. and the best part, she never steps foot in an office. >> are you having fun? >> i am having the best time. pampered chef -- it's not just a stay-at-home mom doing this
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anymore. it is every working professional, lots of teachers, we have real estate, doctors, lawyers. >> i am here to show you modern dishes for modern living. >> reporter: it all began with the original tupperware parties and the ladies of mary kay. >> with those samples -- >> reporter: today more than 16 million americans are direct sellers with about $30 billion in sales each year, according to the direct selling association. >> how many of you like hummus? >> reporter: michelle is full time and says she makes about $60,000 a year. others work fewer hours bringing in a little extra spending money. >> the median income for a direct seller is $2400 a year to a couple hundred dollars a month. for many people that pays the gas bill or vacation. >> reporter: hundreds of companies offer a wide range of products and wares, cosmetics, garden supplies, stamps, wine, clothing, and candles. you name it. >> the majority of direct sellers spend less than ten hours a week.
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>> reporter: what's what appeals to michelle who is now an independent executive director with 200 consultants on her direct selling team. she's still able to be at home with her family and cash in for fun-filled cooking show parties. >> who doesn't love a place where there's food, shopping, and laughter. it's a wonderful, wonderful place to be. >> a few important words of caution. before you sign the dotted line with any company, consumered a have it as say you need to make sure it's a legitimate opportunity and not any type of pyramid scheme. also consider what it costs to get set up in the business. if you're paying too much for start-up fees, that's a big red flag. before you jump in research the company thor rely with places like the direct selling association. >> thank you so much. let's now bring in "today's" editor jean chatzky. this sounds like a good idea. we heard there could be scams. watch out for that. >> we do. as mara said, the red flag is
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start-up costs. if you're paying more than $100 to $200 to get in this business, chances are it's a pyramid scheme. >> once you have done your homework, how do you get started? >> go to a website like the direct selling associations, which is dsa.org and pick a business you're passionate about because you're selling this. you've got to be out there fronting this business. and if you don't believe in it, chances are you're not going to be very successful. >> you get to be your own boss. what about recession proofing? is this more recession proof than maybe some other jobs? >> we actually see businesses sales from direct selling go up in recessions. that may be because more people are out there doing it. yes, the opportunities are still there. and although you have to make your own hours, it's important to remember that you get out of it what you put into it. and if you're not going to put in the kind of time that the woman in the piece was putting in, you're not going to be making $50,000 a year. >> since you're working for
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yourself, you're also not going to be getting health insurance. >> interestingly enough, not necessarily through the company itself but the dsa offers health insurance for some of the companies. you may be able to go that route and find it. >> how much risk is involved? i mean, you know, you're getting all of this material from the home office, so to speak. are you now financially responsible for it if you don't sell it? >> you should find a money-back guarantee. if it's a viable company, they should be willing to buy back at about a rate of 90% all of the inventory you put in. if they are not willing to buy that back from you, again, another red flag. >> you know what's really nice about it is that i think a lot of families and communities will want to support people and buy things really from people they know. there's a real possibility of some good luck here. >> yeah, i find that to be true. i get invited to parties like this all the time. stiles i go, sometimes i don't. but they're always a lot of fun. >> i hope i get invited soon. jean chatzky, thank you. up next, our first ever firehouse barbecue cookoff live on our plaza. but first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪
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visit royalcaribbean.com today. >> narrator: "today's" kitchen is brought to you by wheat thins. the crunch is calming. this morning on "today's" kitchen, our very first firehouse cookoff. we asked firefighters nationwide do send in their best barbecue recipes. we have narrowed the field down to three top finalists. gentlem gibbs and dan from providence, rhode island, and new york city. they're going to be judged today by sunny anderson, host of food network "cooking for real." good morning to all of you. >> good morning. >> let's get to it. jame, you're first. i love the name of your recipe. what are you calling it? >> this is our local focal mocha. took us as long to get a name as the recipe.
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we have our own rub here. mix of spices. brown sugar, cumin, unsweetened cocoa, thyme, oregano, soy sauce. we rub it on. we do a quick rub. pat it in. bend the needles a little bit to get it in there. marinade it. i like to let it sit for three to four hours. let it marinate. after that, take it to the grill. >> okay. what's in your barbecue sauce. do you have a special ingredient? >> barbecue sauce is not a sauce. it's a monaissa sauce. chocolate sauce. onion, garlic, and chicken stock. at the end of it we add the chocolate in the end. sweetened taste in the sauce. >> show us how it's done. >> bring it to the grill. we like to sear it for two to three minutes first each to get that taste locked inside the meat and take it off. high, high, heat. take it over here.
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decrease the heat in half and we let it sit for 20 or 30 minutes side down. >> letting it rest. >> let it sit. >> i've got to move on to your competitor here. dan from providence, you are making bucket list scallops. where did you get that name? >> that name came from one of the things that you need to eat before you die. you got to put it them on your bucket list. looks like you're seasoning them. >> these are the scallops and seasoned with just some black pepper, salt, extra virgin olive oil. smoke them for 25 minutes and then grill them. >> what if you don't have a smoker? >> if you don't have a smoker you can put some apple chips, like i use wood, put apple chips on one side of your grill and cover it over and smoke it for 25 minutes. >> you get these scallops in a lobster cause. >> chipotle peppers, lobster base, heavy cream, sherry, and terragon. >> how long does that cook? >> 20 minutes. the thing about this meal is it's so easy.
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25 minutes you can go from, you know, the refrigerator to on the table. >> okay. >> great for the firehouse and great for people with busy schedules. >> okay. and then attend you just, what, you pour the sauce right over the scallops? >> pour it on a dish and then pretty much serve it. >> what is the trick not to burn scallops because they cook so quickly, don't they? >> yes, they cook very quickly. i just smoke them for 25 minutes and then one minute on each side to show char marks and you're done. >> from new york, great to see you. what where you making today? >> i do my version of barbecue in a bite. three-layer shredded chicken. boneless chicken thighs. i like using the boneless thighs because they really retain their moisture in a barbecue style and they shred relatively easy. throw them on the grill over here. i grill them up. and then -- >> you're doing a layer. one of your layers seems to be, what, cornbread?
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>> cornbread right here. and then i shred it up. i'll add my homemade barbecue sauce. >> what's in your barbecue sauce? >> vinegar, ketchup, sugar, with this one i add bourbon and some bakers chocolate. then i'll just throw the chicken on this. >> is the cornbread only cooked? >> the cornbread is already baked. it's already preloaded in this mold right here. and -- >> very elegant looking. >> you know. >> what's that, some kind of slaw? >> regular cole slaw that i make, it's homemade. i add cranberries and fresh pineapple to add sweetness to combat the tankiness of the barbecue. >> all right. >> try to do this as neat as possible. >> and then juries lift off there because that could be tough to eat. just saying. even for a firefighter. let's get to the judges. so we come over here and we've got a wonderful judges. now you've tried everything. do you have a winner? >> absolutely. >> i think we do.
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>> so it's clear to you who it was? >> absolutely. >> yes. >> okay. well, without further ado? what was your favorite, the shredded chicken or the scallops? >> tip was tasty. love it. >> stretching it out. >> scallops were yummy. i want that on some grits. >> i thought the sauce and scallops was a little bit intense. >> a little bit too salty but i don't mind. i can sweat it. >> so the winner? this drum roll only goes ten minutes. >> okay. it's going to have to be the shredded chicken. >> absolutely. >> it's going to have to be the shredded chicken. hometown favorite. bob, congratulations to you. you want to make a speech? we don't have time or a speech. >> thank you very much. >> flavor was amazing. >> thank you very much. >> okay. >> smokey. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. thanks to our judges. thanks to our cooks. it all was wonderful. appreciate it. >> great job, guys. >> right after this, we'll have
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jennifer lopez and her big announcement. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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it's been a busy year for superstar jennifer lopez, grammy nominated singer and "american idol" judge is cranking out the hits including "on the floor" and "i'm into you" with her latest cd called "love." this morning she's with news los angeles to make a special
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announcement. jennifer, good morning. >> good morning. >> man, it's great to see you. you know, you've got a lot going on. first, let's get to this announcement. what are you going to say? what's happening? >> i'm here to announce i heart radio's launch with their new concept that they're doing. actually it's going to be me and lady gaga, alicia keys, black eyed peas, so many people. it's going to be an amazing concert in las vegas on september 23 rd and september 24th to launch the new i heart radio where you can kind of custom your own radio station. it's exciting. i'm glad to be doing it. >> a lot of great performer, bruno mars, kelly clarkston. >> a lot of people thought you were going to make an announcement about "american idol." so when do you expect to make that announcement? >> yes. you know, i loved working on "american idol." i loved doing it. i have no announcement to make as of this moment, but i promise you guys will be the first. there i am with ryan and all the
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ga gang. wasn't ryan supposed to be here? >> he must have slept in. i don't know what's going on there. did you just say you promised that we're going to be the first to know? is that what you said? >> you will be the first to know. >> i'll write that down. i like that. meantime, i just talked about this cd "love." this is amazing. you've got, what, number one hits the song "i'm into you" hit number one on the billboard chart today. >> this week. >> you're the loreal spokesperson, fashion line, mother of twins, wife of marc anthony. when do you get some downtime? >> you know, i actually have been resting for the past week. i had a little week off and then i got to spend so much time with the babies. i'm so excited about that, obviously. you know, i'm going to get back to work soon. i have a film i'm going on to in a couple of days. just doing my thing. i'm very grateful to be working and having, you know, such a nice moment in my career right now. >> right. >> and you know, i just feel blessed. >> we are blessed to talk to
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you. jennifer lopez, thanks so much. >> thanks, ann. congratulations on everything. >> thanks. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. new information surrounding the murder of a woman in east baltimore. police have identified the victim. her body was discovered sunday morning at the 210 block of north belmont ave. we are told she suffered some kind o
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>> now let's look at the forecast with tony pann. >> hazy sunshine to start the
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day. that is an indication that the air quality is in the poor range. between code orange and could read this afternoon. if you have respiratory problems, keep that in mind. 20% chance you will see a thunderstorm like this afternoon. high temperatures between 90 and 95. better chance for thunderstorms tuesday evening. temperatures will make it into the mid-nineties ahead of the front. it will cool off by the time we had wednesday and thursday. 88 on wednesday, 86 on thursday. it will warm up again going into the weekend. >> thank you for joining us. another weather update at 9:25.
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